The protection that terrorist sanctuaries afford allow leaders to cement their ideologies and preferred tactics in their groups.
Elizabeth Grimm, Ph.D., is an associate professor of teaching in the Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is the author of “How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture” (Columbia University Press, 2017) and co-author of “Terror in Transition: Leadership and Succession Terrorist Organizations” (Columbia University Press, 2022).
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Al-Qaeda will now have a more permissive environment in which to operate, but the precise context will be important for the U.S. policy response.
Editor's Note: A Trump presidency is disturbing on so many levels. One of the worst is his campaign's embrace of some of America's biggest mistakes, such as the use of torture to fight terrorism. Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, my colleague at Georgetown, looks at Trump’s campaign rhetoric on this issue and the disturbing possibilities for his administration.